A Very Knitted Christmas

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I've spent a lot of time on trains. Apart from reading, naturally I have also been knitting. These little Christmas stockings are from my own pattern. I've been knitting them for a couple of years, and I seem to change the pattern each time I make them. The pattern below requires stocking stitch and short rows, using two straight needles. I have been working on one version in the round, but it still needs a bit of tweaking.

The knitted "paper" chain is a nice, easy thing to knit in front of the TV. My amazing friend Astrid showed me how to make them when I last visited her (in between feeding me lots and lots of food, introducing me to lovely people and beating me at Lego Rock Band). Essentially you cast on 30 stitches, knit four (or six, if you fancy) rows in garter stitch, bind off, and sew the ends together.

Apart from knitting, I've been reading In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, which I have reviewed briefly here, writing some cool programs, making aubergine involtini (thanks, Nigella!), getting into Oxford for a PhD in Systems Biology next year, and doodling polar bears. I know, right? Polar bears are awesome. Now I will leave you only with my extremely classy electronic Christmas card.

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Bizarre new backgrounds, new toys and some bits

Well, I've decided to update my blog layout for once. (For those of you who read this through Facebook, take a look at http://www.bethmcmillan.com/blog). Mad orange and cupcakes and some stuff that doesn't really line up and a few things that I'm pretty sure don't work in Internet Explorer. Plus part of its implementation involved me updating my entire installation of WordPress because for some reason it seemed easier than the alternative at the time. Hm. But I do like the cupcakes.

And how were these cupcakes drawn, you ask yourself? I happen to have purchased myself a graphics tablet for the princely sum of twenty quid off Amazon. Oh, and yes, you can use it under Ubuntu. It's fun! Its main purpose is for diagrams for my biochemistry notes... but that doesn't mean I haven't been drawing endless bunnies with it. I love living in the future.

Incidentally, I'm selling some botanical illustrations in my etsy shop. If you like that sort of stuff.

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